Charles Darwin : The Man and his Influence

Charles Darwin : The Man and his Influence

Description

Darwin's enormous influence on science and culture, begun during his lifetime, is still very evident today. The Origin of Species excited much debate and controversy, challenging the foundations of Christianity, yet underpinning the Victorian concept of progress, and today still evokes powerful and contradictory responses. Yet he was not first to publish evolutionary ideas and his theory of natural selection was not accepted by many of his contemporaries. Peter Bowler's study of Darwin's life and influence combines biography and cultural history. He shows how Darwin's contemporaries were unable to appreciate precisely those aspects of his thinking that are considered scientifically important today. Darwin was a product of his time, but he also transcended it, by creating an idea capable of being exploited by twentieth-century scientists and intellectuals who had very different values from his own.


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Details

Author(s)
Peter J. Bowler, Kohlstedt Sally Gregory, David Knight
Format
Paperback | 264 pages
Dimensions
153 x 229 x 18mm | 404g
Publication date
12 Dec 2002
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Revised ed.
Illustrations note
2 Maps; 13 Halftones, unspecified; 1 Line drawings, unspecified
ISBN10
0521566681
ISBN13
9780521566681
Bestsellers rank
1,382,248